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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Peony

Despite the wonderful colors of spring, I can't seem to stop working in black ink in this book.

The other day I went to this web site for Tazo tea looking for a certain tea (I'm hooked on their Giant Peach tea and Mango tea) -- if you love a beautiful and thoroughly thought out web site, go see this one. It's one of the best I've seen in a while. Be sure to have your tea leaves read while you're there!

(Technical bit -- 0.05 Staedtler black pigment ink in Moleskine sketchbook -- and it's my next-to-the-last page! There's something satisfying about finishing a book and starting another!) Posted by Picasa

21 comments:

Tami said...

This is beautiful! Nice soft textures, it is kind of like shooting in black and white, sometime color masks a lot of mistakes and perfect lines, black and white is so clear and straight forward! BTW, I love black and white, in both photography and art.

Lindsay said...

Your work is amazing. I love the detail and yet everything still looks so fluffy and fresh!

vatyma said...

how romantic...*sigh*

no really, I like keeping a sketchbook myself and yes there is a thrill when you finish one and start another;) but I wish that sketchbooks could transfer us now and then into ancient times...

Bonny said...

Linda this is a truly beautiful drawing. I'm actually a tiny bit envious of your skill using ink. It's one thing I really want to learn. I took a one day workshop last Sunday and we used water colour over the ink drawing. But your black and white pieces of art make such a strong and lasting impression. Beautiful!

Teri C said...

Oh MY GOSH Linda, it is totally gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!! You don't even need color with this, I can see it with your wonderful pen work!

You need to do more drawings-they are so gorgeous, I love looking at them.

Felicity said...

OMG! If I could use pen like this, I would have trouble stopping too! It's just fabulous!

Lin said...

OH HOW I"VE MISSED YOUR GLORIOUS SKETCHES!!!! This is magnificient, Linda! Such detailing and fine lines ... gorgeous !!!!!!!

Laura said...

To hell with color! This is ab-so-lute-ly exquisite, my buddy!

Karen Winters said...

Beautiful and delicate, Linda.
I wish we grew peonies here - they are just fantastic forms.
You do such a good job with them.

Robin N said...

No color necessary. Your pen has lifted this flower out of your sketchbook, and my mind has filled in the color. Beautiful, delicate linework.

Janey said...

Beautiful. And I don't miss the color at all. Some drawings have a feeling to them that you don't even notice if they're in color or not.

Carolyn said...

I have also been using a lot of ink lately and I was beginning to feel a little guilty for not using color more, especially at this time of year. I feel a little better now...

Sue said...

OMG the talent contained in this delightful verging-on-retirement sketchbook. Your skilled and patient renderings never take on a tired, overdone look which I'm certain is large style talent. Thanks so much for letting us enjoy.

Cin said...

this is wonderful, a beautiful page!

Toni said...

Simply beautiful! Your use of line is exquisite.

quotidian said...

Wow - you've almost finished your notebook.....! Maybe you should scan each page and archive it in sequence? That would be cool - you can have several volumes throughout the years! "Linda's Notebook"! :)

Diahn said...

Glorious, fabulous, wonderful peony! I love the way you've captured the fluff and drama of this flower in nothing more than a few black lines. Great great work, Linda! And at the end of the Moleskine! Woo Hoo!! Let's go crawl somewhere and start filling the new ones!!

Lindsay said...

Hi Linda, thanks for all your really nice comments on my blog. I have to tell you that if you go to www.wetcanvas.com and click on the pastel forum then go to the oil pastel forum you will find everything you need to know about oil pastels and more. Its a really nice supportive place. The Mi Tiens is a good support but if I were framing any of these (and I'm not!!) I'd want to mount them on something sturdier. Hope to see you in the oil pastel forum. check out the oil pastel society web site too!

starrgirl's world said...

Absolutely beautiful sketch - and one I was thinking of doing, too, while my peonies are blooming. No color needed in this wonderful drawing! And thanks for the tip on the tea web site - what a fun visit!!

Rrramone said...

Beautiful. :-)

Amanda said...

really stunning. great work. Laura's right, with lines like that who needs color?